What’s wrong with my roses?

What’s wrong with my roses? Whether you’ve got lots of plants or just one rose bush, this is a really common question!

So here are some simple solutions, to solve your rose riddles.

1. Not getting many blooms? Time to dead head your roses AND feed them up! Dead-heading your rose is…dead easy. Simply prune off the spent flower head but don’t just cut off the head, cut the stem as if you were cutting a long stemmed rose for the vase. You can also encourage a bigger flush of repeat blooms, by cutting the plant back a third and feeding it up with organic fertilisers (Chloe’s favourites are eco-aminogro and eco-seaweed).

2. Watch out for Black Spot, a fungal disease that gets into the leaf, causing distinctive black spots. The best way to stop it weakening your rose is to prevent it getting into the leaf in the first place. Pick off any infected leaves and pop them straight into the rubbish bin. Then give the plant a drenching spray all over with eco-fungicide. Repeat every 1 to 2 weeks to keep your roses protected.

3. Make sure you water down the base of your roses because damp leaves encourage fungal spores to multiply!

4. Spotted something sucking the life out of your plant? These little critters are aphids. And they can be black, grey or green but typically they hang out in bunches on the growing tips and cause deformed, shrivelled growth. Under planting your roses with things like garlic and chives may help to deter aphids. And of course make sure you include lots of sweet smelling, brightly coloured flowers – these will help draw in the lady beetles that just love gobbling up aphids!

5. Aphids can also be controlled with a hit of eco-oil. BUT you can actually mix your eco-oil in with eco-fungicide and that way you end up with a super organic to target your rose pest and diseases without harming bees and beneficial insects.

The full range of eco-organic garden products can be found in your local garden centre, nursery or online at: eco organic garden

Mail order beneficial bugs for your garden!

Did you know that you can get an army of good bugs into your garden simply by ordering them through the post?! Pretty cool hey! Well Melissa’s got some top tips on how you can use these beneficial predatory insects to battle the bad bugs in your garden.

Using beneficial bugs and encouraging them into your garden will reduce your need to spray and improve your plants overall health and vigour! Win win 🙂

For more info on eco organic garden products or to order some Backyard Buddies check out: http://www.ecoorganicgarden.com.au/

Winter Garden Care & Winter Garden Jobs

There is still plenty of work to do in your winter garden. So complete a few simple winter garden jobs now and your garden will be blooming mad come spring!

Easy way to prune roses

Chloe’s got the simple tips for the easy way to prune roses! Before the end of winter you need to prune your roses so they are ready for the coming spring blooming season. So what are you waiting for? Get outside and prune your roses!